The Miami Aftermath, Golden Nudity And Ethereum London 268

My previous longer article was about the January Miami BTC conference and the promised follow up is Al Capone style criminally overdue. The event moved at breakneck speed and had such a driven, positive vibe. Dealing with the atomic aftermath took till now to become a cohesive-ish write up. In short, the journey was a f**k yes, as I tend to vulgarly state in social occasions seemingly inappropriate for the expression. I’ll keep this punchy.

Coming To My Senses

Having scored the perfect Airbnb place 5 minutes from the conference center (actual balcony view pic below), I was pumped to get going but jet-lagged beyond available bodily resources. Getting everything ready for a two fair trip, including an overnight ‘stay awake painting’ just before the flight, took its toll. The free flow whiskey pouring by my generous hosts was a welcome edge smoother but not too many before a 48hr crypto sprint. Right? The fleeting pleasure of alcohol was replaced by a sauna, jacuzzi, and a city view pool. I realised also that I was staying with people who run a high-end print place. This trip is going to roast like a Run The Jewels track.

Being new to blockchain conferences, the hunger for the next new thing felt all around was inspiring. No joke. The integration solutions to the ‘real world’ in service prospects or made human connections were a much-needed chilli infusion for the brain. Much respect for Keynote for sponsoring the booth and helping me get physically visible in the scene.

Out of talking so much, my voice blew out halfway conference. At one point I got badly distracted from talking to a Coin Telegraph guy due to another conversation starting with a couple who represent the graffiti artist Banksy. Apologetic as I was about it to him upon this dawning on me, it was a good problem to have. It felt like being able to charge my phone from the surrounding air alone.

Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

The buzz around my booth gave me a sense that I’m really onto something with crypto art. It’s nothing short from being able to tell the story of a vast societal change in visual form. To uniquely communicate it to insiders and outsiders alike. One of the chance encounters was Eben Pagan popping by the space with his lovely wife Annie Lalla. It was a strange moment, as I must have spent thousands of hours with his material since 2004 and he hadn’t a clue the other way around. I rarely loose my cool but embarrassingly enough, this was one of those times. Appropriately so I think.

Far too many memories struggling with childhood trauma, depression, figuring out relationships and finding my way in life in general came flooding in talking to him. During those times, the abundance of value Eben delivered to my life through video seminars was a 100% unparalleled. There is no way my other platform Artevo, the LUX project nor my engagement would have happened without the influence his work had on me.

Some people in the crypto space, who think Lambos are the answer, could greatly benefit from his ‘ManTransformation’ program for example. There is a bunch of millionaires within the community still living their ‘Sweet 16’ at 30 and beyond – during global crisis times. Some really need to wake the hell up to smell the ‘more to life than a bit of money’ monologue. As he came to my booth space, I interrupted him eating a sandwich by asking: “Eben Pagan. What are you doing here?” He simply replied: “I’m eating”. Glad to know he is into crypto and I’ll make a better first impression next time.


Eben, Annie and their daughter in Miami.

The Emerging Collector Class

The nr.1 “T(r)opical – Gold Edition” piece, central to the booth picture, was sold to the striking model Gabriella Katia and her entrepreneur husband Matt Crown via Litecoin. By chance encounters, the three of us would all later on end up at a club for a night out. I’d spent a full month working my ass off to be ready for the trip and the official business of the conference was done. It was time to let loose before the coming AFL fair.


Matt & Gabriella

The other awesome person at the afterparty, clearly responsible for me drinking straight from the vodka bottle at the end of the night, was my new collector Michael Jonsson. After mentioning this personal responsibility disclaimer I can admit to literally waking up with my boots still on the following morning. A true flashback to some 20 years ago at a University party in Newcastle. We decided to meet up on Miami Beach for some breakfast to follow up.

His Bitcoin 1/1 piece “Unblocked” is now safely in Toronto being float framed.

A Worthy And Relevant Sidenote

The whole trip was quite an investment so could’t hodl all the benefits. Now if only Coinbase would sort out their customer service I could actually use the converted money trapped behind their non-service lines. Anyone else have this with them or just me?

Bit rude to hold someone else’s money for over a month, not reply to emails and then ask them to ‘rate their service’ – if you are really asking. The survey request was two weeks ago and I’m yet to hear back from them. Ok. Enough complaining. Still with me? Golden nudity ahead.

A 5m$ Home Full of Art Anyone?

Next up was the Tranter-Sinni Gallery organised participation with Art Fort Lauderdale. This fair was our first collaboration with the gallery. They had a few of my large Artevo pieces in their multi-million dollar homes loaded full of art, facilitated a keynote spot and a temperature rising performance at the W Hotel titled ‘Kintsukuroi’.


Watch the performance here

It was rejuvenating to be in front of people performing again so felt it best midway through to drown my suit in gold paint, with a little help from a fellow performer Dayanis Mondeja.

Much love also to the phenomenal dancers of the other performance Carlos Torres and Evelyn Robaina. They did a more classical dance performance version of the same theme. The passionate professionalism of all three performers blew me away. Thanks also for Alexis Espejo at W Fort Lauderdale for facilitating this madness. The plan is to repeat these at crypto conferences all over the world. It’s appropriate as the blockchain is helping to fix money.


Youtube here.

Mom, I’m on TV.

The below segment of the Deco Drive TV show features the Artevo works, the houses and quite prominently, the back of my head. Both Evan Snow and Andrew Martineau did an ‘all in’ job getting this whole fair organised so props to those guys for pulling it off. Bring on AFL 2019.

Watch it here

Crypto Giveth and Crypto Taketh Away

And will likely soon giveth again. Some of you might have seen the previous announcement for the crypto art tour with 4NEW as the primary sponsor. Unfortunately, the recent events in crypto forced them to focus on their live ICO for now, so the mentioned tour is now open for a new main sponsor. 

I’ll be attending the crypto investor show this coming Saturday here in London regarding this. The tour is ready to take off and everything is in place with regards to the gallery and most locations. All that is needed is a funder ready to make some international waves with guaranteed traditional and blockchain press. On April 18th at 5pm I’ll also be presenting at the Ethereum London slot of the London Blockchain conference. Big ups for Stephan Tual for giving me my first crypto keynote opportunity. More to come this year as this fresh speaker page suggests.

2018 is going to be a massive year for me personally and about as exciting as it gets for crypto. None of the people, organisations or businesses in this article have paid to be mentioned. In case you are wondering if what you just read was news, promotional, a blog or something else, all I can say is that I don’t represent legacy media.

This is  the circle of transparent good stuff.

 V E S A
Visual Artist
London / Helsinki
@artbyvesa
Art: www.artforcrypto.com
Merc: www.artforcrypto.live
Artevo: www.artevo.org

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NetObjex Partners with Zortag for Anti-Counterfeiting and Tracking of Assets for the Digital Economy 6921

NetObjex, a SaaS Platform for the Digital Economy, today announced a partnership with Long Island, NY based Zortag, a maker of security and authentication technologies. NetObjex, a leading player in the Digital Asset space, has developed NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) for digital, physical and dynamic assets for last 4 years, announced new last-mile security measures. “NFTs are a great way to tokenize unique assets. These assets can be a) digital e.g. music, movies; b) physical e.g. paintings, sculpture; or c) dynamic e.g. energy, water, carbon emissions. We have a comprehensive platform for handling all these cases using our unique combination of IoT-AI-Blockchain system”, stated Raghu Bala, CEO of NetObjex.

“We have a patented technology at Zortag that is a powerful anti-counterfeiting solution, and when integrated with NetObjex provides customers with the peace of mind that the physical asset backing the NFT is infact authentic”, states Dr. Satya Sharma, President & CEO of Zortag.

The NetObjex platform provides capabilities for

  • creation digital twins of physical assets
  • associating that twin with an NFT on a blockchain
  • the creation of storefronts for the sale of NFTs
  • secure vaults for those wanting to warehouse their valuables
  • wallets with unique Zortag scanning capabilities for consumers to verify physical goods and track their NFT tokens

“We have built an end-to-end platform for all participants in the NFT ecosystem, which sets us apart from the rest of the pack”, added Bala.

About NetObjex
NetObjex provides enterprise software and business solutions for real-time tracking, tracing and monitoring of digital assets. The industrial grade NetObjex Matrix digital twin asset management platform unifies IoT, AI and blockchain technologies as a continuum for intelligent automation and data marketplaces. NetObjex clients and partners benefit from global coverage across key verticals like energy, manufacturing, transport, healthcare, communications, retail & government.

About Zortag
Zortag provides a unique identity to any physical item which is almost impossible to be duplicated, even by Zortag itself. Such an item may be an article of commerce, an entity, or an individual. Uniquely identifying an item, authenticating the genuineness of that item, and authorizing who has access to information about that item is a major organizational challenge in today’s digital economy. Furthermore, assuring the authenticity and integrity of goods, people, and information is critical in all business and personal transactions. Our technology has wide applications to this end, including protecting brands from counterfeit products, providing secure access to digital assets, making information available to different constituents at varying levels including law enforcement, authenticating products for sale on online shopping sites, and securing supply blockchains and the storage of cryptocurrencies.

Original Basquiat Headlines NFT Auction 6111

With bids starting at a single Ethereum, the first Non-Fungible Token (“NFT”) featuring original work of world-renown artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (American,1960-1988) will go to auction beginning APRIL 26, 2021 thru APRIL 30, 2021 at https://opensea.io/accounts/DaystromNFT. The online auction is sponsored by DAYstrom, the Emmy-winning, multi-segment mindshare behind the iconic BowieBank who anonymously said; “Markets no longer trade upon consensus alone, it’s anonymity, exclusivity, authenticity and individuality that determine value on the Blockchain today; NFT’s are an asset whose time has come.”

The highest bidder will receive an encrypted digitized token of Basquiat’s original work captioned “Free Comb with Pagoda” (mixed media – 1986) conveyed on the Etherium blockchain, along with all related IP and copyright in perpetuity. The artist’s work and signature have been certified by the Authentication Committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, with provenance including Michael Petronko Gallery in New York, private collection in Nevada, Heritage auction as lot #64054 in 2012 and finally sale to private collector in 2015 where it remains. At the winner’s discretion, the original artwork will be deconstructed, leaving the NFT as the only remaining form of Basquait’s work to exist.

Basquiat is widely considered among the most highly valued modern artists in the world and appears in permanent collections at LACMA, MoMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work has shattered public sales records across the globe and periodically appears at Christie’s, Bonham’s & Sotheby’s where his work brought $110 million at auction in 1997. Although the 27-year-old “Radiant Child” died in 1988 after only a decade as a professional artist, his impact remains eternal.

SOS Enters into a Purchase Agreement for 575 Cryptocurrency Mining Rigs 6043

SOS Limited (NYSE: SOS) (the “Company” or “SOS”) announced today that the company has entered into an agreement to purchase 575 cryptocurrency ETH mining rigs. Under the terms of the agreement, the Company is expected to obtain approximately 400 GH of ETH hash rate. The mining rigs are expected to be delivered on or about April 30, 2021.

This purchase is another step in implementing SOS’ cryptocurrency mining strategy. The Company is pleased it has been able to secure mining capacity during this global mining equipment shortage.

Mr. Yandai Wang, CEO of SOS, commented, “we are optimistic about the future of cryptocurrencies and Ethereum in particular. This is part of our overall strategy to develop blockchain-based environments and services and which will be a core part of our growth in 2021 and beyond”.

About SOS Limited

SOS is an emerging blockchain-based and big data-driven marketing and solution provider as well as cryptocurrency mining operator. The core infrastructure of SOS’ marketing data, technology and solutions to insurance and emergency rescue services is built on big data, blockchain-based technology, cloud computing, AI, satellite, and 5G network, etc. SOS has created a cloud “software as a service (SaaS)” platform for emergency rescue services, with three major product categories: basic cloud, cooperative cloud, and information cloud. This system provides innovative marketing solutions to clients such as insurance companies, financial institutions, medical institutions, healthcare providers, auto manufacturers, security providers, senior living assistance providers, and other service providers in the emergency rescue services industry.

SOS has obtained a national high-tech enterprise certification and the title of “Big Data Star Enterprise,” awarded by Gui’an New District Government. Staying on the forefront of digital technology innovation, the Company has registered 99 software copyrights and 2 patents. For more information, please visit: http://www.sosyun.com/ .

Big Plays in the Online Gambling Space 5861

Before COVID-19 transformed the world, many sectors were already moving toward digital adoption and adaption; the global pandemic has hastened that transition in many ways. The world revolves around smartphones, laptops, computer and digital devices as almost anything can be done online—from seeing a doctor to attending school. Even as hope for the pandemic ending surges, the trend to live life online is likely here to stay. The founders of Lottery.com (Profile), which recently entered a definitive merger agreement with Trident Acquisitions Corp. (NASDAQ: TDAC) to become a publicly listed company, recognized the shifting trend years ago and were pioneers in addressing the untapped online global lottery market. The company has found a way to combine blockchain with other cutting-edge technology to provide at-home lottery participation, with the end goal of being a leader in the huge lottery and sports betting markets. Now the company is timing its entrance into another hot public market: investor appetite for special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs. The gambling space could see unprecedented growth as the pandemic eases and the economy recovers. Some of the big players in the space have online options and are looking to benefit from all things digital. Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) offers B Connected Online, a robust, attractive online player community. Caesars Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) has Caesars Casino & Sportsbook where users can participate in world-class casino games and wager on sports. Wynn Resorts Limited’s (NASDAQ: WYNN) WynnBET is a premier casino and sports betting app that was just awarded an online sports betting permit in Virginia, and Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NASDAQ: LVS) is reportedly eyeing online betting opportunities.

  • Valued at $398 billion, the global lottery market tops out at more than the SaaS, video games and film industries combined.
  • Lottery.com has announced a definitive agreement to become a public company through a business combination with Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC) Trident Acquisitions Corp.
  • The company has created a suite of high-margin lottery products, with operations in 12 U.S. states and plans for expansion.  
  • Future gross revenue forecasts estimate $71 million in 2021, $279 million in 2022 and $571 million in 2023.

Mind-Boggling Numbers

Multibillion-dollar markets are compelling opportunities, and that is certainly true of the $138 billion global video games or $158 billion Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) sectors. However, even more attractive is the $398 billion global lottery market — larger than the global video games and SaaS markets combined. Even more mind boggling are the projections that the global lottery market will reach $625 billion by 2025.

Despite the numbers, the opportunity is often unrecognized as long-held patterns of buying lottery tickets at a retail point of sale may seem hard to change. With less than 3% of global lottery sales made online, the challenge is evident, but the potential is vast: that’s only an estimated $12 billion market penetration into a nearly $400 billion industry. With an increase in online activity seemingly inevitable, the possibilities of growth and return seem appear significant.

Behold the pre-ICO Sale of Bitsfine with its BFN Token – a Futuristic Token Offering Multitude Benefits 5974

The acceptance of blockchain technology is on rage. Harassing the power of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency – Bitsfine has added an entirely new dimension to the utility of cryptocurrencies. It is a detailed ecosystem offering crypto utility services.

Even though all the leading banks and financial institutions worldwide have already been interested in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, hardly there is any way to spend it. Crypto holders have to convert the cryptocurrencies into fiat currencies to use for real-world transactions. That’s what inspired Bitsfine to develop a platform where crypto holders can use cryptocurrencies for their real-world usage with ease.

The best news is that it has its own coin, called BFN. Why so? The BFN is the foundation of the Bitsfine entire concept. It allows its users to directly purchase any service, with minimal transaction cost, at lightning speed, with utmost security, and by maintaining transparency.

You can use the standard go-to token- Bitsfine token (BFNT) and all other cryptos like BTC, ETH, etc., the way you want, without converting them into fiat.

The platform’s core offerings are; a utility token, banking services, debit card, and DeFi services. The Bitsfine company will offer utility and banking services, whereas major gaming and social trading platforms will accept the BFN tokens. At the social trading platform, anyone can trade and invest without in-depth knowledge of trading because you can avail the service of professional traders who will trade for you and share the profit.

The platform has a massive variety of gift cards and vouchers. Cryptocurrencies can be transferred into Bitsfine prepaid debit cards and transacted at ease through ATMs. In this decentralized world, we want everything at our fingertips. Therefore, Bitsfine App is here, which works for both android and iOs users.

Bitsfine ICO is Live now– 1st April 2021. Behold this futuristic movement, and participate at the earliest! Here are the details of both offers-

1. The total supply of coins is 1000 crores.

2. For the first 5% tokens, a user will get a 100% bonus if they buy 10 lakh tokens or above in a single transaction.

3. A user who buys 40,000 tokens or above in a single transaction will get a bonus of 25% for the first 10% tokens.

Popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple can be used to buy BFN tokens seamlessly.

To participate in the ICO, visit its official website https://ico.bitsfine.io/register.

The Biggest Video NFT Drop Event in Asia Ended With 103.5 ETH on Define Art 5263

DeFine Art has completed the biggest video NFT drop event in Asia with Bart Baker, the No. 1 American social media influencer in China. It is another milestone for NFTs in Asia after Korea’s first NFT art auction from Mari Kim. Bart Baker’s video NFT drop lasted 24 hours from 3 p.m. March 29 to 3 p.m. March 30 KST. The auction closed with a total auction sale of 103.5 ETH (~$190,000) in a successful effort from a top social media influencer in the Asia NFT market.

One of the eight NFTs called The Bart Baker Experience sold for 80ETH. The winner of that NFT would, for the first time in history, make a video with Bart, which would be distributed on his social media channels and minted into an NFT. The seven other NFTs were Bart’s most popular videos, including Journey to the West, Song to a Hero, and more.

Bart Baker is the No. 1 American influencer in China with over 40 million followers worldwide and over 25 million followers in China across Douyin, Kuaishou, and Weibo. In the United States, Bart also has over 16 million followers, with 10 million on his YouTube alone.

DeFine Art is the premier decentralized NFT Platform that supports Asia’s broader NFT ecosystem. The platform facilitates the fusion of real-world assets and blockchain technology in many aspects, with digital art, music & videos, gaming, collectibles, and decentralized financial assets being tokenized into digital assets. It is the gateway for top artists, musicians, influencers, and creative talent across Asia to enter into the NFT world. Additionally, it functions as a decentralized NFT marketplace with features including auctions, Initial NFT Offerings (INO), on-chain exhibition, and DeFi modules that enable NFT assets’ tokenization into more liquid financial assets.

This drop has attracted extensive social media attention from the DeFine Art community, especially from the Korean market. It has become the first effort of top social media KOLs like Bart Baker to tokenize videos and successfully pushed NFT in the Asian crypto market.